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advent
n. arrival
adventitious
adj. accidental; casual


adventitious meeting with her friend on the street
adversary
n. opponent; enemy
adversity
n. poverty; misfortune
advert
v. refer (to)


Since you advert to this matter so frequently...
aegis
n. shield; defense


Under the aegis of the Bill of Rights...
aerie
n. nest of a large bird of prey (eagle/hawk)
affected
adj. artificial; pretended; assumed in order to impress


His affected mannerisms were all fake
affidavit
n. written statement made under oath.
affliction
n. state of distress; cause of suffering


Even in the state of her affliction, she was able to keep up the spirits of those around her
affront
n. insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect
agape
adj. openmouthed


She stared, agape, at the...
agglomeration
n. collection; heap
aggrandize
v. increase or intensify; raise in power, wealth, rank or honor
aggressor
n. attacker
aghast
adj. horrified; dumfounded


aghast at their vulgar behaviour
agog
adj. highly excited; intensely curious


we were all agog at the news...
alacrity
n. cheerful promptness; eagernesss
alimentary
adj. supplying nourishment


alimentary canal (digestion occurs)
alimony
n. payments made to an ex-spouse after divorce
allay
v. calm; pacify


The crew tried to allay the fears of the passengers
allege
v. state without proof
alloy
n. mixture of metals
v. mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate
allure
v. entice; attract


allured by the song...
allusion
n. indirect reference
alluvial
adj. pertaining to soil deposits left by running water


alluvial deposits at the river are very fertile
aloof
adj. apart; reserved


She remained aloof; while the rest conversed
aloft
adv. upward


he climbed aloft
altercation
n. noisy quarrel; heated dispute
amass
v. collect


The miser amasses and hoards as much gold as possible
amazon
n. female warrior
amble
n. moving at an easy pace


The horse trotted at a gentle amble.
ambrosia
n. food of the gods
ambulatory
adj. able to walk; not bedridden


an ambulatory patient
ameliorate
v. improve


ameliorate the conditions of people living in slums
amenable
adj. readily managed or willing to be led; answerable or accountable legally


As a foreign diplomat he was not amenable to local laws.

... amenable to suggestions